Because I love to increase the cloud of vague anxiety that follows me everywhere, I started following @YearProgress on Twitter. It simply tweets out what percentage of the year has gone by, with a handy illustrative progress bar to hammer the point home. Yesterday, July 2, was officially halfway through 2018. Am I panicking? No! Should I be panicking? Maybe!
Being halfway through the year means I should, in theory, be halfway done my goals for 2018. In (rough) order of priority:
Find a Job
I’m WORKING ON IT
Save enough money to move
Also working on it, but unlike the opaque and confusing job search process, I confident that I’m on track to earn the amount of money I want to earn by the end of the summer.
Get all A’s
I ended up with an A and two A-’s for my last semester of college, and considering what I dealt with during the semester, I’m pretty proud of this.
Launch 2 new podcasts
Both are in the works—with one I’m making large strides, with the other I’m making a low simmer.
Make 50 videos
After VEDJ, where I made 25 videos in one month, I’m actually AHEAD on this goal. I’m shocked at myeslf.
Make a short film
The movie has been written and filmed! All that’s left to do is edit it, which is one of my big goals for July.
Complete “2018” Lynda.com playlist
Oh… I haven’t even started this.
Read 12 books
I’m right on track for this, and even amped up my reading goal to an ambitious 20 books over the summer. I might not/probably won’t reach the 20, but am completely confident I’ll hit 12.
Practice Duolingo every day
I go in fits and starts with this, but it hasn’t clicked as a proper habit yet.
Learn 2 new go-to meals
I’ve got two already: enchiladas and veggie stir fry. Considering I haven’t even moved out yet, this feels spectacular.
My goals are going reasonably well, but putting them aside, the first half of 2018 was… not great. A few difficult personal things happened in the first few months of the year that significantly brought me down, so between those and the whirlwind of senior spring I let go of pretty much all of my work after Mixed Feelings was over. Instead I focused on spending a lot of time with friends in my final weeks in school, which was the healing I needed and led to more amazing memories than I can recount here. It was time I truly needed to take, especially leading up to this summer, which is particularly work-focused and largely non-social. I don’t mind this very much, as I am generally a work-focused and non-social person.
Massive things happened in my life, and massive things are to come in the next half. Here’s to (what’s left of) 2018.